Director: Jérôme Guiot & Thierry Teston
Country: Trinidad & Tobago/France
Year of Production: 2014
Total Running Time: 79 min
ABOUT THE FILM
Between 1939 and 1945, during World War II, developed nations savaged one another: the planet was on fire. In Trinidad & Tobago (the Caribbean) underprivileged urban gangs created a new musical instrument, and perfected it by the 1950s. The Pan is Born!
Since then steelbands have mushroomed in every corner of the planet. Still, Trinidad remains the Mecca, where each year philharmonic orchestras of over 100 musicians, many coming from all countries of the world, compete for the greatest Pan event: the Panaroma.This film is the story or men and women who staked all on their art, and of French, Japanese and Americans, whose passion and daring has drawn them to the world championships. It is a global human adventure out of the ordinary.
Their stories are interlaced with re-enactments of the rags-to-riches tale of the steelband movement, which was born into poverty and violence but climbed to the highest levels of social and artistic acceptance without loosing its life-or-death urgency.
Born in Belgium, Director Jérôme Guiot studied editing and directing at the National Institute of Radio Engineering and Cinematography (INRACI).
He has directed several music videos for the Belgian pop artist Stromae, including “Alors on danse”, “Allez vous faire” and “Tous les mêmes”. He also directed the short film Retour simple (2009), and has directed web documentaries and ommercials. He is the French winner of the 2014 best video at Victoire de la Musique with Formidable from rap artiste Stromae.